Popularly called as “The King of Hollywood”, Clark Gable is one of the most celebrated American actors in the history of cinema. He was born on February 1, 1901, in Cadiz, Ohio. His real name is William Clark Gable; William derived from his father’s name, Willian Henry ‘Will’ Gable. Clark’s endeavor to carve a career in the world of cinema did not directly lead him to success. His career began as a stage actor after which he appeared in many silent films as an extra till 1926 and finally landed supporting roles in a few films for the leading studio of its time, MGM, in 1931. The consequent year, Gable triumphantly played his first leading role in a Hollywood film and continued to do so successfully for the next three decades, in more than 60 motion pictures.Gable’s expansive career is impossible to surmise. He was critically acclaimed for his roles in various movies. Critically, Gable’s most outstanding and well-known role is that of Rhett Butler in the most renowned and epic movie, Gone with the Wind (1939). MGM often paired Gable with some of the most popular actresses of the time to commercially boost the studio’s success. He was often seen with his favorite actress Joan Crawford, beginning with Dance, Fools, Dance (1931). He was seen opposite Myrna Loy seven times, one of them being in the famous production, Wife vs. Secretary (1936). He was also seen paired with Jean Harlow often, with their best movies together being Red Dust (1932) and Saratoga (1937). To end his acting legacy with grandeur, Gable’s final film, The Misfits (1961), saw him acting opposite to Marilyn Monroe, the film also being the last for Monroe’s on-screen appearance.

Even though, Gable won an Academy Award for The Best Actor for his role in It Happened One Night (1934), he wasn’t the first choice for the role itself. Claudette Colbert, the female protagonist of the movie also won the Academy Award for Best Actress, while the movie won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Thus, Gable became one of the most celebrated stars of MGM. Later, Gable was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles, Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) and the very famous, Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (1939). Even today, Gable is known for being one of the most consistent box-office performers in history. He appeared outstandingly sixteen times on Quigley Publishing's annual Top Ten Money Making Stars Poll. He was also named the seventh greatest male star of classic American Cinema by the American Film Institute. Gable married Kay Williams in 1955. They had a son named John Clark Gable on March 20, 1961, though, by that time, Gable had died four months earlier to his son’s birth.Gable took his last breath in Los Angeles, California on November 16, 1960. The reason behind his death was an arterial blood clot which consequently formed ten days after a severe heart attack. Gable was interred in The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

Clark Duke English Actor

Clark Duke

Clark Duke is an actor, director, and producer. He was born on May 5, 1985, in Glenwood, Arkansas, United States. His forefathers had English, German, Swiss, Scottish, and Irish roots. Clark began his acting, directing and writing career, by co-creating the web series, Clark and Michael (2006) along with best friend, Michael Cera. He also played his fictional self in the series. He directed the famous pilot episode of the series. He also submitted this episode as the college thesis film at Loyola Marymount University. Clark Duke has been seen playing roles in both television and films. He has acted in some very major Hollywood films alongside very famous actors. Duke debuted on the celluloid in the film Superbad (2007) as a party teenager. But, he gained immense recognition for his first major motion picture in 2008 in Sex Drive. In A Thousand Words, a movie which was completed in 2008 but released in 2012, he co-starred with Eddie Murphy propelling his acting career in movies. Then in 2010, he appeared in the blockbuster movie Kick-ass as Marty. He also reprised his role of Marty in the Kick-Ass’ sequel, Kick-Ass 2, which released in 2013. He acted alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Nicolas Cage in the Kick-Ass series. Also in 2010, he played Jacob in the successful movie, Hot Tub Time Machine, which released in March of that year. Again, he reprised his role of Jacob in the sequel of the movie, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 in 2015. On television, he is known to have played warned characters. He played the regular role of Dale on the television series Greek. For his proficiency in acting, he was nominated for a Young Artist Award as an "Outstanding Actor Under Ten in a Television Series" for his incredible acting in the series Hearts Afire, in 1992. He also starred in an episode of another web video series Drunk History with a renowned actor, Jack Black. Drunk History is available on YouTube and has also seen the appearance of Michael Cera, Duke’s best friend. Duke has also appeared in the ninth and final season of the American version of the popular television series, The Office, in the role of Clark. He was also recently seen in an episode of Workaholics as Chilly Zane this year. Clark Duke is a highly acclaimed Comedy artist. He is continually seen playing many roles in both television and movies. He is presently single and is devoted to his career. With a marvelous history of acting and directing, he seems to be striving forward to create an even better future career for himself. His work can be seen on his website:


Claude Rains

William Claude Rains, a British actor, was born on 10th November 1889 to Emily Eliza and Frederick William Rains. His birthplace was Camberwell, London. He stepped on stage for the first time at the tender age of eleven. What gave wings to his talent was the determination of his angel-Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, the versatile actor and the man behind one of the most reputed drama schools, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Tree wished to water the sapling of an actor in Rains and sponsored his elocution classes. Rains served as an educator at RADA and also as a Captain the London Scottish Regiment during WWI. Rains kickstarted his career with theater with Ulysses S. Grant, a play on the life of the 18th President of the United States, by John Drinkwater. The next stop was Broadway, where he played the lead in The Apple Cart, a satirical comedy based on a political extravaganza, by George Bernard Shaw in 1928. His first role in a real film was in 1920, in a silent film titled Build Thy House. However, this was just a supporting role, and his real debut was as the lead in The Invisible Man, James Whale’s adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel that goes by the same name. He signed an unusual agreement with Warner Bros. in 1935 according to which he was loaned to other production houses. His well-known work for Columbia Pictures was in the role of Senator Joseph Harrison "Joe" Paine in a film titled Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The film was of a political genre and won Rains his first nomination in the category of Supporting Actor in the prestigious Academy Awards. For Warner Bros. itself, he gave a wonderful performance as Captain Louis Renaul in Michael Curtiz’s rom-com film Casablanca. The film got him his next Academy Award nomination in the same category as mentioned before. Apart from these, he got nominated for the same for two other films- the Bette Davis starrer drama film Mr. Skeffington, and Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller which was also screened at the Cannes Film Festival called Notorious. Rains has also worked for Universal Studios in the horror-cum-musical film by Arthur Lubin- Phantom of the Opera. He was last seen on-screen in George Stevens’ epic film- The Greatest Story Ever Told, which released in 1965. Rains had been married six times and divorced five. He gave birth to his only daughter in 1938, named Jessica, with his fourth wife, Frances Propper. He married his sixth wife, Rosemary Clark Schrode in 1960. Fortunately, only his death parted them. He died of abdominal haemorrhage in 1965. He was seventy-seven at the time. Interestingly, he was the first among the actors to be blessed with a pay worth a million dollars for Gabriel Pascal’s adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play that was staged in 1901, titled Caesar and Cleopatra. His biggest achievement in forty-six years of an acting career has undoubtedly been the Tony Award in the Best Lead Actor category for the play based Arthur Koestler’s novel of the same name- Darkness at Noon.

Claude Rains English Actor